ride routes 20th – 26th may

photo – judd otley

i am not sure how many times i have talked about the need for riders to be spatially aware.  this morning on the thursday earlybird a rider on 2 occasions moved into the next lane when stopping at the lights.  on the second occasion a fully laden semi-trailer was pulling up to stop.  using the other lane to blow your nose, etc is fine, but this guy didn’t even look before pulling out.  i don’t want to be scraping people out of the tyre tread of an 18 wheeler, just because they did not know where they were. you need to be aware of everything around you.  as discussed last week, there are so many things that are outside of your control when you are on the bike, make sure you are in control of your own safety.

ride leader sponsor – our ride leaders for may are proudly sponsored by return sponsor Melody Wheels.  they are a wheel building specialists in the same way as one might distinguish a medical specialist from a GP.  they do precision wheel building and wheel repairs, and that’s the only thing they do.

entertainment books – this year the club has decided to sell the every popular entertainment books as a way to raise funds.  even better there is now an app available so you don’t need to carry vouchers with you.  there is also a cool function where you can see a map of your location and all the available offers in the area.  check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

group ride etiquette – as you are aware, your actions in a group ride can have consequences for other on that ride.  your inaction can also have consequences.  our training and development officer, rob, recently put together a post highlighting the important points that you need to know.  have a look at that post so you understand or even as a refresher.

volunteer roster – there are a number of events over the course of the year that rely heavily on volunteers.  we usually put a call out close to each event, but generally get the same people each time.  this only lasts so long before people get a bit burnt out and stop helping.  we have close to 400 members in our club and should be able to share the load easily across the year.  the race committee is putting together a list of event and positions needed that you can volunteer for.  some are not till much later in the year so you have lots of time to prepare.  have a look at the previous post and let the club know that you can help out.

giro d’italia dinner – out first “out of lycra” event is on mon 22nd may to celebrate the first grand tour of 2017.  the giro dinner is open to members and their partners but is limited to just 70 places.  check out the previous post for more details and how to order your tickets.

spr national kit – are you heading to france this year for the uwct masters championships???  do you need an aussie kit to compete???  do you want to also represent your club???  if the answer is yes to all three, then you need to get yourself the exclusive spr national kit.  check out the previous post for more details, but orders close on the 25th may.

tour of margs 2017 expressions of interest – as per previous years we are looking at putting multiple teams in for the tour of margs in november.  this is a 3 stage teams based race with a team time trial and 2 road races.  expressions of interest are now open and you can check out the previous post for more details,  we would like people to be committed if they say that they want to do it this year.

a plan for safer cycling – the city of south perth and the town of victoria park have been awarded funding for the development of a joint bike plan through the wa bicycle network (WABN) grants program. the aim of the joint bike plan is to understand the needs of the cycling community and seek to further develop existing cycling infrastructure across our two neighbouring local governments. the plan will also identify opportunities to improve the cycling network and provide better connections in these areas. check out the media release and provide feedback via the links.  this is your chance for local government to hear from cyclists that use not only paths but also the road.  survey closes 31st may.

cyclocross – round 1 of the numbat cup starts next weekend 28th may.  there are grades for everyone and a kids race for every kid under 13.  you don’t even need a fancy cx bike as a mountain bike will do.  even better is that fact that if it rains, it is even more fun.  details and entry can be found here and you can race on a cyclign aust race licence or mtb licence.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

thursday training ride – this week we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

ride routes – ummm.  looks like it may be a little wet this weekend.  as per usual, we will play it by ear as to what groups we have on the day.  hopefully, the prediction is for most of the rain to fall on friday, so maybe, just maybe, it will be clear enough on saturday morning.  for those fair weather riders, there are details of a zwift ride on the spr facebook page.

saturday 20th may

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans reabold 38.69km spr saturday

fast & main groups – reabold & cottesloe 50.91km spr saturday

sunday 21st may

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs cam goose 88.67km spr sunday

monday 22nd may

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 23rd may

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 24th may

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 25th may

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 26th may

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride